FAQ

We get asked a lot of important questions by prospective students and their parents, here are some quickfire answers that might help you to decide if APS is the right choice for you!

Why should I choose APS for my child?

We are passionate about helping kids find the capacity to soar. By exploring and increasing their dramatic skills early in life children learn self-expression, self-respect, develop empathy and foster a love of language. We understand kids who live outside the box. Drama classes can provide a creative safe haven where young people find members of their own ‘tribe’. Our children’s courses offer a place where young people can learn to trust their unique selves, and are valued for their differences.

What can APS offer me? I am...

A very experienced actor.

If you are seeking serious and ongoing training we suggest you audition for our FULL TIME or PART TIME courses. These pre-professional programs are demanding. Actors who have a good understanding of themselves and have worked in the industry thrive because we are thorough and in-depth in our training. Our part time course in particular is perfect for accomplished actors wishing to extend their process, without wanting to commit to a full time schedule.

Many APS students are working actors who use our term classes as actor’s gyms to keep in creative shape in between jobs, or to be ready when the next screen test arrives.
We provide private lessons in acting and singing to keep you sharp, fresh and audition ready. Call us to talk through your options of how you can be ready the next time opportunity knocks.

Our short courses and casting workshops might also interest you.

An actor with some credits or training.

We recommend you audition for our FULL TIME or PART TIME course in the pre-professional program. Our rigorous training will identify your current capabilities in your work, and train you to extend yourself to the next level in a supportive environment. We strive to help you become the actor you know you can be.

New to acting.

Each term we offer a range of acting classes to initiate you into training and an actor’s process. Our screen acting term courses for adults, kids and teens provide a rich source of creativity, tips and camera techniques to beginners as well as more experienced actors.

Should I bring anything to class with me?

Please wear comfortable clothing that you can move freely in to all classes. Although some courses require these items more than others, it is usually a good idea to bring a notebook, pen and bottle of water to class. If you need anything more specific such as costumes, props or a USB stick for your scenes, your tutor will let you know.

>My teen is curious about your classes. What can I tell him/her?

Teen classes involve drama improvisations and warm ups to prepare the class for the work ahead and to assist in breaking down barriers and creating an ensemble, before the practical work is begun. Ask your teen to read our individual course descriptions, and see if one jumps out at them. Our Holiday Program offers training and fun classes in more specific subject areas. Whether it be helping the beginner to build confidence or assisting the more advanced actor for upcoming auditions, all teens in our classes are encouraged and supported to be the best they can be. Each class is tailored to suit the skills and experience of each student. As those skills advance and develop, the tutor will evolve the work.

If your teen has never attended an acting class we would love to invite them along to try a free trial class. Although trying a new thing is sometimes a challenge, our tutors are experienced at this and will make the transition for your teen relaxed and fluid.

Can I observe my child in their class?

We encourage even our very youngest students to be independent beings whilst they are ‘at work’ in drama class and therefore ask that parents/guardians don’t sit in. However, we have CCTV in each classroom and a screen in the front foyer for parents to watch their child’s class from a distance. Parents/guardians are welcome to wait for their children in the front foyer when necessary (particularly parents and guardians of younger students). Otherwise drop offs and pickups are advised to avoid office congestion. Some courses offer an end of term performance or open classroom for families.